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Memoirville Recommends… Creative Nonfiction’s Winter Issue

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

Our friends over at Creative Nonfiction, a wonderful on and offline outlet that focuses on memoir, literary journalism, and personal essays, have a new issue out paying tribute to two nonfiction lions, Norman Mailer and Gay Talese (his Six-Word Memoir: “Friendship test: willing to be inconvenienced”). The issue also debuts a column by Heidi Julavits [...]

Interview: Neal Pollack, author of Stretch: The Unlikely Making of a Yoga Dude

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Neal Pollack, once caustic, cynical, and jaded, found yoga and a new approach to living his life. The accounts of his experiences are found in his new memoir, Stretch: The Unlikely Making of a Yoga Dude.

Paul Guest & Rachel Shukert Talk Writing on Bookslut

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Memoirville recommends… a brief review of Paul Guest’s memoir, One More Theory About Happiness, on Bookslut. Guest writes about his life after a tragic bicycle accident at age twelve left him paralyzed. Reviewer Beth Harrington admits that the book feels like pieced together anecdotes, but cannot deny Guest’s stunning use of language to convey the [...]

Interview: Koren Zailckas, author of Fury: A Memoir

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Read an interview with Koren Zailckas about her new memoir, Fury. Zailckas talks through the process of writing about her anger and rage and how it affected her personal relationships.

This Month, Welcoming Fall

Friday, September 10th, 2010

I am ready to say goodbye to the heat and welcome in the end of summer, cooler air, and the busy schedules of fall.
This month marks the release of Stephen Elliot’s The Adderall Diaries in paperback. This is exciting because now you can buy a cheaper, more travel-friendly version of Elliot’s “superb, sprawling meta-memoir;” and [...]

Interview: Micah Toub, author of Growing Up Jung

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

An interview with Micah Toub in which he talks about writing his memoir along with the principles of Jungian psychology that his parents embedded in him as a child.

Interview: Gail Caldwell, author of Let’s Take the Long Way Home: A Memoir of Friendship

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Read an inspiring interview with Gail Caldwell about her memoir, Let’s Take the Long Way Home. She talks honestly and openly about what it was like to write about her friendship with Caroline Knapp and how she coped with her death.

Book Trailers, Franzen, and Fury

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Jonathan Franzen recently voiced his distaste for book trailers (while making one himself for his new book, Freedom). “This might be a good place for me to register my profound discomfort at having to make videos like this,” he says. “To me, the point of a novel is to take you to a still place. [...]

10 (Books) for the 19th (Amendment)

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Today is Women’s Equality Day, so named for the anniversary of the signing of the 19th Amendment, which gives women the right to vote. In that spirit, I’ve put together a list of memoirs written by awesome women: writers, activists, artists, and other women I admire. This is by no means a comprehensive list—rather, simply [...]

Interview: Edward Ugel, author of I’m With Fatty: Losing Fifty Pounds in Fifty Miserable Weeks

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Edward Ugel writes with pointed humor and frank honesty about his weight-loss journey in his new memoir, I’m With Fatty.

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